Many Australians are struggling to put food on the table, while others, collectively, throw billions of dollars worth of food in the bin each year.
Fair Food Week, from August 19-23, shows individuals and businesses can donate good food year-round to local groups that support those in need.
Manna House co-ordinator Julie-Anne Jones recalls a Bible passage referring to God taking from the kings' tables and feeding the poor as a summary of the Figtree Anglican Church group's efforts.
The community project is an example of how food donations help those in need in the Illawarra.
Every Thursday, volunteers provide a meal for those struggling to put food on the table, serving food at the church and from a van in Warrawong.
"It's not just to hand out food but also to create a community," Ms Jones says.
"This is a great way to improve community wellbeing while having a positive environmental impact."
Those most in need seemed to be middle-aged, single men, she said.
Manna House receives donations from food rescue charity OzHarvest, which picks up unwanted good food from businesses including supermarkets and restaurants.
Novotel Northbeach Wollongong is one Wollongong business that has taken up the opportunity to work with OzHarvest.
Community-based alliance Food Fairness Illawarra is encouraging businesses to donate to OzHarvest, which collects in the area twice a week, to help turn leftover food into a meal for someone in need.
Ms Jones said most of Manna House's donations from OzHarvest arrived from Sydney as Wollongong hotels and restaurants were only just starting to realise the opportunity.
Co-ordinated by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, Fair Food Week will shine a light on "paddock to plate" food events and the sustainable food system of the Illawarra.
Throughout this week there will be food forums, food workshops, food films, farmers markets, food swaps, community gardens and farm tours in full swing across the Illawarra.